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Has anyone had any luck recovering a flooded GoPro?

Discussion in 'GoPro & Action Cams' started by vytaswashere, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. vytaswashere

    vytaswashere Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Thailand
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    I stupidly took my GoPro Hero 7 Black without the protective housing for a scuba dive and it flooded. It was a very shallow dive and the whole dive I spent at 6-7 meters (20 feet). It flooded after 45 minutes underwater. Annoyingly 5 minutes before we ended the dive.
    Noticed the water inside once I pressed the top button and it didn't feel right. Spent hours with it in the water snorkeling and cliff diving before and never had an issue. Always rinsed it in fresh water after and cleaned any salt build up of the doors.
    The thing is when GoPro says it's waterproof to 10 meters (30 feet), I kind of expect it to be waterproof for at least a few hours. But my guess is they don't know themselves. Does anyone know what their test procedures are?
    Anyway, I tried drying it out and when it didn't work took it apart to clean the motherboard from corosion damage which didn't work either.
    Has anyone managed to recover a flooded GoPro?

    Made a video about taking the GoPro apart if anyone is interested:
     
  2. ReefHound

    ReefHound Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, TX
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    I flooded a Hero4 on a deep saltwater dive. After getting on the boat, immediately removed battery and soaked well in fresh water, then packed in a bag of rice for a week. The back LCD screen was dead but it otherwise worked. I later sold it cheap to a guy who just wanted to mount it on a drone.

    In your case, sounds like some parts were shorted out. Also sounds like you didn't soak and clean right away but let it dry first. I wish you luck but I doubt you'll find it. Upgrade excuse.
     
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  3. vytaswashere

    vytaswashere Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Thailand
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    I know, I probably shorted it and it won'w work anymore. next time will know what to actualy do. more curious about other people experience of bringing it back to life after flooding? thanks for the reply
     
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  4. Martijn

    Martijn Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Bonaire
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    Mine flooded while in he housing. Got a new one from gopro :)
     
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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  6. vytaswashere

    vytaswashere Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Thailand
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  7. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    Flooded mine while in California. Friend I was staying with is an electrical engineer. Gave it to him for an inspection. The phrase "cool, you can see where it was arcing across the traces" was what told me it was done.
     
  8. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Calif.
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    Call GoPro. I’ve found they have great customer service.
     

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